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Meet Our Staff

School Leader

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Mrs. Alberta Galarza

School Leader

Mrs. Galarza was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School (a parochial school in Southwest Detroit) in 2001. That same year, she married her husband, Hector. In 2010, her husband became the pastor at her church. So aside from her commitment to the education of children, she is very involved at her church and her community.

Mrs. Galarza obtained both her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Wayne State University.  She began her career as an educator at Hope of Detroit Academy in August of 2004.  At Hope of Detroit Academy, she taught grades kindergarten through second grade.  Eight years later, she became the instructional coach and coordinated the curriculum, instruction, and assessments across kindergarten through eighth grade. Following her position as the Instructional Coach for four years, she became the Assistant School Leader for three years.  

Currently, Mrs. Galarza is the school leader at the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary.  ABTE is located in Dearborn, Michigan and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  ABTE has been in existence for over seventeen years.  Mrs. Galarza has been involved in and has chaired several committees throughout her career.  She served in various lead roles such as Ferris State University’s Contract Review, District and School Improvement Process, and AdvancEd Accreditation Process.  She also held an important role in the Middle/High School Expansion Project, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) team, and Data Teams Process. 

School Administration

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Ms. Carolyn
Tola

Instructional Coach

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Mrs. Nancy
Yepez

MTSS Coach

Teaching Staff

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Mrs. Lina
Al-Shamsi

 

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Ariel
Slappy

Kindergarten Teacher

Mr. Antonio Trujillo

First Grade Teacher

Ms. Danay Gore

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Elizabeth Hooten

Second Grade Teacher

Ms. Cynthia King

Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Heather McHugh

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Lalanie Johansson-Mendez

Third Grade Teacher

Ms. Jackie
Ragonesi

Fourth Grade Teacher

Ms. Sydney
Coapman

Fourth Grade Teacher

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Ms. Sabrina
Welch

Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Katie 
Banas

Literacy Lab

Mrs. Florencia Paden

ESL Teacher/Section 31a Teacher

Ms. Briandra Turner

Special Education Teacher

Mr. Cooper
Gisstennar

Paraeducator

Ms. Priscilla Lockhart

Fifth Grade Teacher

Mr. Michael
Favors

Gym Teacher

Ms. Greys
Marsh

Paraeducator

Ms. Liza Fernandez

Title I Paraeducator

Ms. Amayah
Martin

Community Liaison

Title 1 Teacher

@leonagroupmw.com

Additional Staff

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Ms. Janeisha Randall

Behavior Coordinator

Ms. Melanie Burgos

Office Manager

Mrs. Isabelita Sims

Office Assistant

Ms. Lyda McRoberts

Social Worker

Ms. Selena Sims

Lunch/Enrichment Coordinator

Mrs. Ana Guardillo

Lunch Aide

Mrs. Lorena
Guerrero

Lunch Aide

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Ms. Gwyndolyn Tate

Enrichment Teacher

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Mrs. Jaiden Vanderpool

Enrichment Teacher

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com

Mrs. Alejandra Barajas

Janitorial

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Mrs. Daymara
Gomez

Janitorial

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Ms. Lucia Tavarez

Janitorial

Gregory Anderson

Bus Driver

Herman Williams

Bus Driver

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